Jim Barker traded Obed Cetoute and sent a message to Mike Bradwell.
“It’s Bradwell’s time,” Barker, the Argonauts head coach, said on Sunday morning. “He needs to move forward and solidify himself as a bona fide CFL player.”
The list of Canadian receivers with experience on the Argos’ roster is down to two with the trading of Cetoute on Sunday morning to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for non-import offensive lineman Jonathan St. Pierre. Cetoute follows an exit out of Argoland that has included Andre Talbot (traded to Edmonton), Tyler Scott (released) and Matt Lambros (released) in recent months.
Bradwell, who made 25 catches for 350 yards in 2009, and Chad Rempel are those Canadians with playing time that remain.
Cetoute has not played in a CFL game since August of 2008 and had recovered from an Achilles heel injury to the point that he looked good in camp last week.
But Barker was impressed with three non-import rookies — Spencer Watt, Steven Turner and Keith Godding — which made Cetoute expendable.
“Spencer comes out of breaks like a veteran, and he allows us to do this kind of thing because we need to find a spot for a guy like that,” Barker said.
“Keith played for (offensive co-ordinator) Jaime (Elizondo) in Montreal so he understands the system and is a little bit quicker.
“Turner has been coached as a running back, but is getting better every day as a receiver.”
Bradwell spoke the other day of taking the bull by the horns. The swapping of Cetoute ups the ante further.
“They’re not messing around this year,” Bradwell said. “You can’t wake up thinking (you might be the next to go).”
Bradwell, a Toronto native who played for four seasons at McMaster, was inconsistent as a freshman a year ago and wants to rectify that.
“I want to be a contributor on this offence,” Bradwell said. “Consistency is big. I did not get into a great rhythm last year.”
The addition of St. Pierre conjures the idea that another trade could be coming. When St. Pierre arrives, he will be the 12th non-import offensive lineman in camp.
The Calgary Stampeders, who happen to be Barker’s former employer, could use help on the O-line, moreso with the sudden retirement of left guard Jesse Newman on Friday.
One player who spent much of the workout on Sunday morning watching was veteran right tackle Brian Ramsay, who is recovering from off-season knee surgery.
But Barker advised not to read too much into Ramsay’s inactivity. Chris Van Zeyl took Ramsay’s spot for most of the drills.
“We’re bringing him along slowly,” Barker said. “Once he can do everything, we will see him more.
“St. Pierre is a guy we had ranked at the top of our draft board in Calgary (in 2008). At this time of year, you can’t have enough quality Canadian offensive linemen.”